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Next to Kailash Complex
Hiranandani -Vikhroli Link Road,
Park Site, Vikhroli (West),
Mumbai 400079
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For twenty long years he drowned his frustrations and his failures as a parent and husband in the temporal highs that alcohol can offer.  Finally one day, he came “to his senses” lying in a hospital bed, having miraculously surviving a head-on collision while driving under the influence (DUI).  He knew that the emptiness in his life could be filled.  He knew that he had been running from the One person who could give his life meaning, and he decided to make amends.  Getting out of hospital, he found the nearest church, and began a journey that would see him eventually become the Sunday School superintendent of that church.  


I have had the opportunity to talk to him on numerous occasions, and he always thanks God for his parents, who sent him regularly every Sunday to church and Sunday School classes.   Because, he would add in his inimitable drawl:  “When my world fell in, I knew the way back home.”   But then his eyes would mist, his voice would choke up and he would look away, desperately trying to hide the tears flowing freely down his cheeks, and add, through painful sobs: “But my boy doesn’t know the way back home…”


You see, my friend’s son grew up during those days of drunken stupor, and had no one to send him to church and youth group. And the reason for my friend’s tears was that his son had been booked for every kind of juvenile offence under the court system and was presently serving time at the Juvenile detention centre for a knife attack on an opposing gang.   His words haunt me even now: “But my boy doesn’t know the way back home…”


A sobering story, that’s both true, and dismal.  But one that made me resolve to share it often so that we are reminded that our children are a trust from God and that we ought to do everything we can to make sure that their foundation is strong and their values unshakeable.  I had the privilege of growing up in a church that had an excellent Sunday School and to this day I am grateful to my parents for sending me there each week.  You see, there is a time in a child’s life when parents have a great influence on a child’s mind and, more importantly, can monitor to some extent what is good for the child and what is not.  But this stage doesn’t last long, and so, while it lasts, it is imperative that we do everything to make sure that our kids get good Biblical foundations and value systems that will form the parameters on which to chart their life.  


That’s our focus and intention at CAP in offering Sunday school, junior youth and youth gatherings—to make sure our kids have strong foundations as they negotiate the “seductions” of life.  Let’s not have regrets later, on what we should have done.  “But seek first (for our children) His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things (education, career, jobs) shall be added to (them!) you”  (Matthew 6:33)


Strongly committed to your kids,


Agapé,


Pastor

 

 
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